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by karlt
18 Feb 2017, 8:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crisis in confidence in bike quality
Replies: 40
Views: 3021

Re: Crisis in confidence in bike quality

Is it possible gears/brakes/cables just need adjusting/lubricating, and the LBS thinks the OPer is a soft mark?
by karlt
16 Feb 2017, 8:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crisis in confidence in bike quality
Replies: 40
Views: 3021

Re: Crisis in confidence in bike quality

given that you use your bike that way, I would say that your life could be immeasurably improved if you were to learn to; - adjust gears and brakes - replace brake blocks and brake cables - repair punctures - check for loose nuts and bolts - lubricate chain and any unsealed bearings All these thing...
by karlt
7 Feb 2017, 11:00am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike cameras
Replies: 36
Views: 2550

Re: Bike cameras

Seriously considering getting one if I thought the Rozzers would actually do anything. I had a good half dozen this morning who would be prosecutable.
by karlt
3 Feb 2017, 2:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Turning right - near miss from overtaking car
Replies: 27
Views: 2312

Re: Turning right - near miss from overtaking car

So was this an overtake or undertake??? Still trying to work it out..... The one that concerns me is the motorist who persists in overtaking despite the fact i am indicating to right ... very clearly...... Lots of drivers will attempt to undertake other road users when they are turning right: Indee...
by karlt
2 Feb 2017, 9:37am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Turning right - near miss from overtaking car
Replies: 27
Views: 2312

Re: Turning right - near miss from overtaking car

So was this an overtake or undertake??? Still trying to work it out..... The one that concerns me is the motorist who persists in overtaking despite the fact i am indicating to right ... very clearly...... Lots of drivers will attempt to undertake other road users when they are turning right: Indee...
by karlt
27 Jan 2017, 9:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommendations for a road bike with low gears
Replies: 32
Views: 4472

Re: Recommendations for a road bike with low gears

Even at the Sale price - with the suggested alterations - the Roux Etape will only just fall within " price range £500-£1000." As far as I can see, all the other "options" would be way beyond the OP's budget. And frankly silly money. In my recent experiments to counter balance t...
by karlt
23 Jan 2017, 9:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How difficult it is to find a stolen bike?
Replies: 33
Views: 3320

Re: How difficult it is to find a stolen bike?

I live under the fatalistic premise that the ultimate destiny of every bike is to be stolen. Do not get too attached to your steed, which admittedly can be difficult, and do not spend so much on a machine that it's subsequent loss would cause much angst. I have had 3 bikes stolen in my 50 years on ...
by karlt
23 Jan 2017, 9:18am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tyres and Their Consequences...
Replies: 11
Views: 1549

Re: Tyres and Their Consequences...

Elizabethsdad wrote:If they were rubbing against the frame as you describe, you must have noticed the extra effort required to pedal the bike - if you didn't I salute your fitness level.


I was thinking that. An expensive way to practice resistance training!
by karlt
19 Jan 2017, 10:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is tyre rolling resistance insignificant?
Replies: 48
Views: 5631

Re: Is tyre rolling resistance insignificant?

I forgot to mention earlier,a couple of weeks ago I swapped my eldest daughter's Bianchi from 700x25 Vittoria Zaffiro's(supplied on the bike when new)for 25mm Vittoria Rubino Pro's(the 150TPI versions),she can't believe the difference in improved comfort :D . Yeah, and the buggers have stopped doin...
by karlt
18 Jan 2017, 12:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling
Replies: 951
Views: 67652

Re: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling

There has been a transport strategy consultation for the Greater Manchester area. Some figures struck me in one of the infographics. GM infographic.JPG The £35 million cost to the NHS in the area due to adult physical inactivity & the 38% of journeys under 2km that are by car - nearly 20% of al...
by karlt
17 Jan 2017, 3:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.
Replies: 71
Views: 7506

Re: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

Benefit of the doubt - he may not have known about the oncoming crossing at the point he overtook you.
by karlt
11 Jan 2017, 4:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Residents parking
Replies: 173
Views: 18875

Re: Residents parking

Then as you say there is the cost. There is two of us in the car going to Cambridge so whatever it is double it. Why? It's not like when two cars do the same journey, where all costs simply double. "Two together" on the railways is now normally a third more than one person (plus annual fe...
by karlt
11 Jan 2017, 9:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Residents parking
Replies: 173
Views: 18875

Re: Residents parking

The grim reality of mass car ownership is that I can go to visit my son in Cambridge with as much luggage as I want to take and do Glasgow - Cambridge in 6 hours. Even flying wouldn't be faster once check in times and public transport at either end was allowed for. It's only 6h15 by train. The prob...
by karlt
9 Jan 2017, 3:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road tyres...
Replies: 9
Views: 681

Re: Road tyres...

How about these:- http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/vittoria-zaffiro-pro-folding-tyre/#pid=25130 http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/continental-grand-prix-fold-tyre/#pid=8021 http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/vittoria-rubino-pro-control-g-isotech-fold/#pid=30384 http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/continental-grand-p...
by karlt
9 Jan 2017, 10:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road tyres...
Replies: 9
Views: 681

Re: Road tyres...

Ta. Tossing up between them and the standard Durano. It looks a bit of a puncture protection/speed toss up. It's 14 miles each way to work so speed matters as well.